Five thousand books, most of which are banned by the South African government, are bout to be carried on a hazardous sea voyage from Britain to Namibia in protest at the Vorster administration's control over the United Nations Territory.
GV ZOOM IN: converted fishing boat "Golden Harvest"at quayside in Portsmouth Harbour, U.K.
SVS: "Golden Harvest" at quayside. (2 shots)
SVs: Crew loading books on board vessel. (2 shots)
CUs: books banned by South African authorities. (4 shots)
SVs: boat crew posing for photographs. (2 shots)
CV: people and crew members on boat deck.
SVs: books lowered into boat cargo hatch. (3 shots)
SV PAN: Cartons of books inside boat's cargo hold.
SV: crew members sorting books.
Namibia has been designated as a United Nations territory since he end of World war Two, but there has been a dispute between South Africa and the UN over control of the territory. The United Nations recognises the South West African People's Organisation (SWAPO) as the representatives of the territory, and had given South Africa until the end of August this year to agree to withdraw and allow elections supervised by the Untied Nations. South Africa says it will give the territory its independence within the next two years.
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Background: Five thousand books, most of which are banned by the South African government, are bout to be carried on a hazardous sea voyage from Britain to Namibia in protest at the Vorster administration's control over the United Nations Territory.
SYNOPSIS: The books are being taken to South West Africa in a converted fishing boat, the Golden Harvest. The crew of the boat expect to take at least three months to reach their destination. At Portsmouth, the Golden Harvest was loaded with the 5,000 books, and the crew hope to pick up more at ports of call during the voyage. Most of the books are banned by the South African Government of Premier John Vorster.
The books being take include works on African history, economics, politics and development, as wells as modern novels and poetry. They're being taken in defiance of the South African authorities as a protest against what the organisers of the voyage call the illegal presence of South Africa in Namibia.
The crew come from several difference countries, including Ireland, England, Australia, West Germany, New Zealand and the United States. They plan to deliver the books to Namibian nationalist groups, but have been told it's unlikely they'll be allowed in the country.